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No. 6 Mississippi State tops Jackson State 7-3 in midweek action

Bulldogs improve to 3-1.

Laura Parsley/MSU Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 6 Mississippi State baseball team outhit Jackson State 10-2 en route to a 7-3 win Wednesday evening at Dudy Noble Field.

MSU (3-1, 0-0 SEC) left 11 stranded on base and was led by sophomore Kamren James with four hits and three RBIs. Senior Tanner Allen, junior Landon Jordan and sophomore Drew McGowan all finished with two hits apiece. Allen also recorded three runs.

The Bulldogs used seven pitchers in the game. Junior right-hander Brandon Smith (1-0) got the start and tossed two hitless innings with two strikeouts. Sophomore southpaw Davis Rokose then struck out four in two innings of work with no hits allowed.

Freshman right-hander Mikey Tepper pitched 1 13 innings and allowed one unearned run with one strikeout and one walk. Senior righty Chase Patrick then got the final two outs of the sixth.

Sophomore right-handers KC Hunt and Xavier Lovett then pitched the seventh and eighth innings before senior right-hander Jaxen Forrester closed it out in the ninth. Hunt and Forrester allowed one run apiece.

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Allen doubled to left-center and James followed with a two-run home run.

MSU increased its lead by one in the second inning when Jordan reached on a double and scored on a single from McGowan.

In the fifth inning, Allen was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a James double and scored on an RBI single from Jordan. James then scored on a double steal to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.

Jackson State got its first base runner of the game in the sixth inning when freshman Hassan Standifer reached first on a Bulldog error. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He wound up scoring on an error by senior Josh Hatcher to make it a 5-1 ballgame. The Tigers added another run in the seventh inning when freshman Chenar Brown was hit by a pitch, made his way to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 5-2.

MSU expanded its lead to 7-2 in the eighth inning. Hatcher walked and stole second. James drove him in with an RBI single and Allen scored on a double play.

In the ninth, senior Chandler Dillard reached on a single for Jackson State. He advanced to third on a throwing error from Forrester and a wild pitch. He scored on a fielder’s choice to end the game’s scoring at 7-3.

Junior right-hander Nikelle Galatas (0-2) was charged with the Tiger loss after allowing three runs on six hits.

The Bulldogs return to action Friday at 4 p.m. for the first game of a three-game series against Tulane at Dudy Noble Field. The series will continue at 2 p.m. on Saturday and conclude with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.